Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Experts fear ‘quiet springs’ as songbirds can’t keep up with climate change
The Washington Post
A rose-breasted grosbeak, one of the species-at-risk due to global warming. PinP photo.
In 1962, Rachel Carson warned that pesticides, particularly DDT, would lead to springs without birdsong, as she wrote in her book “Silent Spring.” Carson's forecast kick-started an environmental movement and was instrumental in the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to ban the pesticides 10 years later, so her descriptions of deathly quiet did not come to pass. Story here.